Courtesy of Don't Mind Dying
Blues-rock band Don’t Mind Dying began in 2008. Theband performed at the 2012 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia and is currently working on an album of original music.
By Danny Phillips
In the minds of most, the blues conjure images of the Mississippi Delta, cotton fields, and roadside juke joints with regret stacked up in every dark corner. Columbia’s Don’t Mind Dying is vying to change that conception by quickly becoming one of Missouri’s leaders in the blues-rock charge; they are ready, willing, and able to put the Show-Me State prominently upon the blues map.
Don’t Mind Dying’s Facebook page states that lead singer, BC, “sings naked sometimes.” The thought of that image made me cringe and laugh simultaneously, but then I listened to the music. BC sings naked in the figurative sense, too; his vocals have been stripped of pretense, leaving only honesty and power. Together five years now, with BC and bassist Graham
Greer being the only original members, Don’t Mind Dying has built a strong following in the region through powerful, incendiary playing, raucous shows, and the imaginatively titled EP of cover songs, The Don’t Mind Dying 4 Song EP.
By word of mouth, the EP, which includes an excellent turn of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” earned the band a spot at the 2012 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia’s historic downtown district. They took the stage alongside legends such as Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson, Marty Stuart, Reverend Al Green, and newcomers Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Trampled Under Foot, and Elizabeth Cook during the weekend-long festival.
The music of Don’t Mind Dying flows as a joyous amalgamation of influences such as those of the Faces, The Rolling Stones, Spencer Davis Group, The Zombies, The Kinks, The Animals, John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers, and metal gods Slayer.
Drummer Brian Kent switches his playing style easily between using delicate, graceful finesse to pummeling his drum set with technical precision and massive, earth-shaking force. Guitarist Jason Caton coaxes riffs with the velvet touch of a flamethrower operator and a hand that is equal parts mid-era Rolling Stones Mick Taylor, Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, and the late great Muddy Waters. Bassist Graham lays down the low end for the tunes much like a mason lays down the foundation of a stone building: strong, sturdy, and ready to stand for three lifetimes. Keyboardist Rudy Brynac brings elegant flourishes to the material without overstating his presence or weighing down the groove. Everything falls together perfectly to finish the wild jigsaw puzzle that is Don’t Mind Dying.
Last year was a banner year for Don’t Mind Dying. Many shows were played, large audiences were exposed to the band’s music, and all had a great time. With a planned album of original material, 2013 should be an even bigger year for the little blues band from Columbia.
My friends, now is a good time to sing the blues.